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February 11, 2013

Project could be delayed

NORMAN — A controversial high-density project at Asp Avenue and Buchanan Avenue in the Campus Corner area will likely be postponed again.

Applicant Mark Risser is requesting a change in the 2025 Land Use and Transportation Plan and zoning to allow for a high-density multi-family and office project. A great deal of protest has been issued from nearby business owners and single-family residential neighbors.

The city is currently in the process of developing zoning to allow for high-density projects of this nature but may not allow the size of structure this project calls for on the Corner.

Ward 4 Council member Greg Jungman supports up to four stories for high density, based on feedback from community dialogues. Jungman said Risser is asking for 75 feet, which exceeds that. 

Attorney Sean Rieger, who represents Risser in the application, sent a letter requesting the item be postponed until April 9. If the Norman City Council grants the request, it will be the third postponement at the city council level.

Also this week in the city, Norman residents and businesses will get their first look at the proposed fertilizer ordinance. The ordinance is on the Norman City Council’s consent agenda docket, and while it likely will not be discussed during the meeting, first reading postings allow time for study before the ordinance comes forward for a vote in two weeks.

To protect the city’s drinking water supply, the proposed ordinance will regulate the use of fertilizers containing phosphorus. This will impact the sale, use and labeling of fertilizers in the city and requires businesses that apply chemical fertilizers to register.

Lake Thunderbird supplies two-thirds of Norman’s drinking water. The lake has been “identified as having chlorophyll-a concentrations over three times the allowable limit set by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” according to city staff notes.

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